Chapter 11: Identifying and Selecting Samples, Informants and Cases
A. Checklist for Selecting Respondents
- Have you thought through who might hold the answer to your questions and how you will open opportunities to gather information from them?
- Is your question best answered by a population/ sample, key informants, cases or a combination of the above?
- Can you locate and access your respondents?
- Will you need to sample? If so, have you:
- Defined your population?
- Constructed a sample frame?
- Determined appropriate sample size?
- Employed an appropriate sampling strategy?
- If you want your sample to be representative, have you considered strategies for ensuring you will not have a coverage error / non-response bias?
- If you will be working with key informants, have you:
- Considered using individuals from a variety of roles, including experts, the experienced, leaders, the observant, gossips, those with secondary experience, insiders, stool pigeons and ‘ex’s?
- Negotiated potential informant agendas?
- Remembered your ethical responsibilities?
- If working with a case, have you:
- Defined your case?
- Selected an individual case or series of cases that meet your definition and sits within your case boundaries?